Bristol-Myers Squibb Surprises with Celgene Deal

Bristol-Myers Squibb Surprises with Celgene Deal

Twas a week before the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Summit, and everything was quiet on the life sciences front. December deal-making hit a wall, with pharmaceutical deals falling 50% compared with last December. Then came Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (NYSE: BMY) announcement it was acquiring Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) for approximately $90 billion. This isn’t the biggest pharma or healthcare deal ever, however. The title goes to Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), for both the largest deal consummated ($114 billion for Warner-Lambert Company in November 1999) and the largest deal to be called off ($160 billion for Allergan plc in November 2015). Those facts make this the third largest... Read More »
Amazon Scoops Up PillPack for $1 Billion

Amazon Scoops Up PillPack for $1 Billion

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) finally took the plunge into the pharmaceutical market with its approximately $1 billion acquisition of five-year-old PillPack, an online pharmacy startup based in Manchester, New Hampshire. Financial terms weren’t disclosed in the deal’s announcement, but on June 28, the day of the announcement, The Wall Street Journal quoted sources on the price. In April 2018, Walmart (NYSE: WMT) was reported to be in discussions with PillPack, and targeting a price under $1 billion, according to CNBC. Amazon was also said to be holding  discussions with the company at the time. PillPack is an online pharmacy that delivers medications in pre-sorted dose packaging and... Read More »
Gilead Buys Kite Pharma to Diversify Portfolio

Gilead Buys Kite Pharma to Diversify Portfolio

Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD) finally found a target worth pursuing. The pharmaceutical company, perhaps best known for its high-priced hepatitis-C drugs, Harvoni and Solvadi, placed its bets on Kite Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: KITE), hoping to cash in on the biotech’s promising technology for fighting cancer. Gilead announced the acquisition of Kite Pharma for $180.00 per share, valuing the company at approximately $11.9 billion. The price represents a 29% premium to Kite’s closing price on August 25, 2017. Kite Pharma is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that develops and commercializes novel cancer immunotherapy products. It is developing a pipeline of engineered... Read More »
Chinese Investor Group Buys SciClone

Chinese Investor Group Buys SciClone

The Pharmaceutical sector has been relatively slow on the M&A front this year.  U.S. investors seem content to sit on the sidelines and wait for something to happen, such as the rumored takeover of Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) by Pfizer.  (NYSE: PFE) Only 43 deals have been announced through June 9, down nearly 47% compared with the same time last year. Then the Chinese investors arrived. On June 8th, 2017, SciClone Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN), a specialty pharmaceutical company that provides therapies for oncology, infectious diseases, and cardiovascular disorders, was purchased in a going-private transaction by a consortium of buyers. The consortium consists of entities... Read More »

Where Have All the Big Pharma Deals Gone?

The Pharmaceutical sector has experienced a dearth of big deals so far this year. In Q1:16, 40 transactions with pharmaceutical targets were announced, for a total of $46.2 billion. In the first quarter of 2017 (through March 28), only 24 deals (-40%) for pharmaceutical targets have been announced, with a combined total of $10.1 billion (-78%). One factor behind the drop in deals is obvious. The sector came under legislative and consumer scrutiny during the presidential election in 2016, as candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each decried high prices charged by drug manufacturers, and each vowed to do something about it once elected. President Trump repeated his campaign promise to... Read More »